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Friday, March 15, 2024

Lean Quote: The Harder I Work the Luckier I Get

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.  —  Thomas Jefferson

This St. Patrick’s Day some may be feeling the luck of the Irish but I tend to agree with Thomas Jefferson’s message about the relationship between work and luck.

Hard work provides a strong foundation upon which success can be built. It nurtures discipline, resilience, and the determination to overcome obstacles. By investing time and effort into honing their craft or developing expertise in a particular domain, individuals increase their chances of success. Hard work creates opportunities and opens doors that may otherwise remain closed.

Luck can manifest in various forms, such as being in the right place at the right time, receiving a timely recommendation, or encountering a mentor who provides invaluable guidance. While luck is unpredictable and beyond our control, it can act as a catalyst, accelerating one's journey towards success. However, it is important to note that relying solely on luck without the foundation of hard work is unlikely to yield sustained achievements.

The relationship between hard work and luck is not one of exclusivity but rather one of interdependence. Hard work creates the conditions for luck to flourish, and luck, in turn, rewards those who have prepared themselves through diligent effort. 

Success is a complex phenomenon influenced by a combination of hard work and luck. While hard work provides the foundation for progress and achievement, luck can serve as an unexpected catalyst, opening doors and creating opportunities. Ultimately, success is a product of the interplay between these two elements, with hard work increasing the likelihood of encountering fortunate circumstances.

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